St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
980 Bridle Path Rd Bethlehem, PA. 18017
Orthodox Church in America
Young Adult Gathering at the St. Nicholas Parish Rectory

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Young Adult Gathering at the Rectory - 07/07/18

On Saturday July 7th, young adults of the parish (and their children) gathered for a pizza party lunch at the Parish Rectory. The adults enjoyed conversation sitting in the cool in the shade, while the children had a good time chasing a chipmunk around the yard! 

During this gathering we also had a short meeting to discuss arrangements for the diocesan assembly to take place at St. Nicholas in January 2019.

 We look forward to many more gatherings to encourage fellowship of our young adults in the parish.

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2018 Graduate from St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Celebrates its 2018 Graduate Daniel Holobeny! - 06/10/18

On Sunday June 10, the coffee hour after Divine Liturgy was hosted by Donald and Guliana Holobeny, to honor their son, Daniel.  Daniel graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. 

A video was presented, in Chernay Fellowship Hall, with pictures from his graduation. Some are included in the photos that are attached.  Congratulations to Daniel and his family.

 “May God Grant Him Many Years”.

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St. Nicholas Pierogi Workers Luncheon

St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Volunteer Pierogi Workers Luncheon - 05/30/18

On Wednesday, May 30th, pierogi workers were recognized with a Molieben and luncheon. A variety of appetizers, salad, a turkey entrée and desserts, were served in Chernay Fellowship Hall, to honor the pierogi workers.

After a blessing by Fr. Matthew, and before the luncheon, Sarah Jubinski – pierogi coordinator, made a toast, with wine provided, for the guests of honor. The pierogi project makes donations to: cleaning of vestments, renovation of the church rectory, maintenance repairs/purchase of new kitchen equipment, St. Tikhon’s Century Association, March of Dimes, and Northampton Children’s Bureau, to mention a few. Pierogi making continues to be a valuable church project and resource that aids the church and benefits others in our community.

May God grant many blessed, healthy years to all our workers, and to all who support the pierogi project. We pray that St. Euphrosini, the patron saint of cooks, will continue to guide our hands as we peel, cut, roll, pinch, boil, pack and sell our pierogis.

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Catechism Classes for Catechumens and/or inquirers May 2018

Catechism Classes for Catechumens and/or inquirers, at Saint Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA - 05/13/18

Fr. Matthew Joyner started a 9 week-long Catechism Class which will focus on “The Creed: What Orthodox Believe.” This is a MUST attend for all catechumens and/or inquirers. Fr. Matthew also encourages all parish members to join in. Classes will be held on Sunday’s at Noon (after Coffee Hour) in the old hall downstairs below the Sanctuary. This first event in the series was well attended. The other dates are May 20th, June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and July 1st, 8th, and 15th.

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Bright Monday Liturgy at St. Nicholas

Bright Monday Liturgy at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox, Bethlehem, PA - 04/09/18

Bright Monday Liturgy was conducted by Fr. Matthew Joyner, rector, and guest priest, Fr. Michael Kon.

The liturgy was followed by the Annual Hot Dog Luncheon in Chernay Fellowship Hall, in the celebration of the end of Lent.

 

CHRIST IS RISEN! ……….. INDEED HE IS RISEN!

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St. Nicholas Celebrates Pascha

St. Nicholas celebrates the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ! - 04/07/18

Fr Matthew Joyner, rector, began St. Nicholas’s Paschal celebration at 9AM Saturday, with the Liturgy of St. Basil. At 11:30PM, the celebration continued with a midnight candlelight procession, Paschal Matins, and Paschal Liturgy. We were honored to have many faithful parishioners and guests in attendance. Following the Liturgy, the baskets were blessed in Chernay Fellowship Hall, where parishioners then enjoyed the Agape meal and Christian camaraderie.

 

CHRIST IS RISEN! ……….. INDEED HE IS RISEN!

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Good Friday Burial Vespers at St. Nicholas

Good Friday Burial Vespers at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA.

Fr. Matthew Joyner, Rector, lead the parishioners in Good Friday’s, Burial Vespers. For Burial Vespers Christ was taken down from the Cross and placed in a tomb.

We wait with anticipation our Lord and King’s Resurrection.

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Holy Unction Service 2018

Holy Unction at St. Nicholas ROC Bethlehem, PA - 04/04/18

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Fr. Matthew Joyner, rector, administered Holy Unction to the parishioners of St. Nicholas. Liam, the son of Fr. Matthew and Matuska Ashley, received his first Holy Unction Blessing.

This healing service is one of the Sacraments (Holy Mysteries) of the church in which Orthodox Christians are anointed for the healing of soul and body.

This service is always well attended by the members of St. Nicholas during Holy Week.

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Palm Sunday Service at St. Nicholas

Palm Sunday Celebration with Archbishop Mark at St. Nicholas ROC Bethlehem, PA - 04/01/18

On Palm Sunday, April 1, the Divine Liturgy was served, and pussy willows and palms were blessed by Archbishop Mark and Fr. Matthew, rector, assisted by Deacon Geoffrey, Altar Servers, and the St. Nicholas Choir, directed by Reader Nicholas Lezinsky. The blessed palms and pussy willows were distributed to the faithful of the congregation, after the service.

During the service, Fr. Matthew was awarded the ‘Nebedrenik’ by Archbishop Mark. The award is a shield, which stands for the duty of the priest to be a defender of the faith and the flock, as well as a preacher of the truth.

After the Divine Liturgy, the award to Fr. Matthew, and distribution of the pussy willows and palms, a Lenten Luncheon was served in Chernay Fellowship Hall. Delicious food and Christian fellowship were enjoyed by all who attended.

As we start Holy Week, we wait with great anticipation the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.

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Lenten Fish Dinners 2018

2018 Lenten Fish Dinners at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem, PA - 03/30/18

This year our guests and parishioners enjoyed 3 lenten Friday fish dinners. The dinners were well attended, very successful, and widely enjoyed by the surrounding community. The dinners also included: themed raffle baskets, Treasures of Russia, crafts and candy sales.

 A BIG thanks goes to everyone who made this possible, and we hope to see you again next year!

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Sunday of Orthodoxy 2018

Sunday of Orthodoxy at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA - 02/25/18

Today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Sunday School children, their parents and teachers, had a procession to the front of the church with their favorite icons, which they brought from home.  There, they were greeted by Fr. Matthew Joyner, Fr. James Mason, and Deacon Geoffrey Lobalbo, each holding their own icons.  Ethan Radio, and Sunday School Coordinator Pat Grammes read about icons, and that the church proclaimed icons are to be honored like other material symbols of the church.

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Oath of Office 2018

Father Matthew Administers the Oath of Office - 02/25/18

On Sunday, February 25th, at St. Nicholas, Father Matthew gave the oath of office to members of the church council, the church auditors, the 2018 delegate and alternate to the Diocesan Assembly, and the delegate and alternate to the 2019 All American Council.  Church members, who were voted into office and others who volunteered to serve, were given the oath.

May God grant them “Many Years”.

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Pan-Orthodox Mission Vespers and Sunday of Orthodoxy

Pan-Orthodox Mission Vespers / Sunday of Orthodoxy Hosted by St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA - 02/25/18

On Sunday, February 25, Pan-Orthodox of the Lehigh Valley Clergy Brotherhood, under the direction of Fr. Andrew Damick, President, celebrated the 1st Sunday of Great Lent Mission Vespers and the Sunday of Orthodoxy.  The Guest Homilist was Bishop Neophytos.  He is the first native Kenyan Bishop of the Diocese of Nyeri and Mt. Kenya, within the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All-Africa.

The celebration was hosted by St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA.  The choir, led by Choir Director/Reader Nick Lezinsky, sang beautifully.  Orthodox Christians from around the Lehigh Valley attended this Vespers Service. Priests and parishioners, from Antiochian, Greek, Ukrainian, and our own Russian Orthodox Church, united to celebrate this Sunday’s Lenten Mission Vespers.

After the service, refreshments were served in Chernay Fellowship Hall.

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Blessing of the Waters in the Lehigh Valley

Pan Orthodox Blessing of the Waters in the Lehigh Valley - 01/21/18

The Lehigh Valley Pan Orthodox Blessing of the Waters took place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Jordan Creek Park in Whitehall, PA.  Some 40 people gathered for the annual event.  Responses for parts of the service were made in the traditional language/melody/chant of the churches represented.  Clergy present were Fr. Theodore Petrides, Fr. Alexey Petrides, Fr. Andrew Damick (celebrant), Fr. Matthew Joyner, Fr. Joseph Landino, and  Fr. James Cairns (homilist).

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Volunteer Pierogi Workers Luncheon

St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Volunteer Pierogi Workers Luncheon - 01/15/18

On Monday January 15, pierogi workers were honored with a Moliben, and a Panikhida was held for the departed workers. A catered luncheon in Chernay Fellowship Hall followed.

 After a Blessing by Fr. Matthew and during the luncheon, Sarah Jubinski gave a short report of the donations made to the different church projects and outside organizations from the Altar Society and Pierogi Project. Donations were made to: cleaning of vestments, renovation of the church rectory, maintenance repairs/purchase of new kitchen equipment, Father John Nightingale, St. Tikhon’s Century Association, March of Dimes, Northampton Children’s Bureau, and IOCC Hurricane Relief, to mention a few that were made during this year. Pierogi making continues to be a valuable church project and resource that aids the church and others in our community.

 May God grant many blessed healthy years to all our workers, and to all who support the pierogi project. We pray that St. Euphrosini, the patron saint of cooks, will continue to guide our hands as we peel, cut, roll, pinch, boil, pack and sell our pierogis.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Eve of the Theophany with the Great Compline with the Great Blessing of the Water

Eve of Theophany Celebrated at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 01/05/18

On Friday, January 5, St. Nicholas celebrated the Eve of Theophany with a Lenten Holy Supper and a Great Compline with the Great Blessing of the Water. The Holy Supper preceded the service, and was served in Chernay Fellowship Hall. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the delicious meal, prepared by the ladies of the parish.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Bringing Christmas Joy to Shut-ins.

Bringing Joy to Shut-ins by the Choir at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/26/17

On the second day of Christmas, the Synaxis of the Theotokos, members of St. Nicholas Church choir with others, brought the joy of the Nativity to shut-in parishioners in their homes and many others at care facilities.  The greatest gift the carolers gave was their cheerful singing of hymns, carols, and other selections of the season.  The happy sounds brought many elderly out of their rooms to listen and join in the singing.  Everyone who heard the music, shut-in members, facility personnel, and the singers themselves, were all tremendously uplifted by the beautiful sounds of the Nativity.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity

Feast of the Nativity and Seventh Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/25/17

On Sunday, December 25, the seventh candle of the Advent Season was lit by Alex Hodson, with assistance from his Dad, Moses Hodson. The student verse was read by Elizabeth Hockman and the adult scriptural readings were done by Superintendent of Church Sunday School, Pat Grammes. The seventh candle Lighting is the culmination of the Advent Candle Lighting Season, i.e., Faith (God keeps His promises), hope, love, peace, repentance and Emmanuel (God with us) in Holy Communion. The seventh candle shines the holy radiance of a Baby’s Birth, The Christ, Who brought the light of God to earth. The congregation and choir, directed by Reader/Choir Director Nick Lezinsky, ended the ceremony by singing, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”.

This years photos include scenes in the altar area, dedicated to our Altar Servers, who serve the church and the parish priests all year long.

This Christmas the Liturgy Service and Church sparkled, as we worshiped the birth of Christ, and reminded worshipers:

Christ is Born!

Glorify Him!

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Sixth Advent Candle Lighting

Sixth Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/24/17

On Sunday, December 24, the sixth candle of the Advent Season was lit by Elizabeth Hockman. The adult scriptural reading was done by Lori Lezinsky. The sixth candle is red to signify Holy Communion. It reminds us that Christ, Who came to Bethlehem and Who will come again at the end of time, comes to us now in the great Sacrament of His Presence, i.e., Holy Communion. The reason He was born in Bethlehem was that we might allow Him to come and be born in the manger of our hearts.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Christmas Choir Concert

Annual Christmas Choir Concert at St. Nicholas ROC Bethlehem, PA - 12/17/17

On Sunday, December 17, the choir at St. Nicholas presented its Christmas Choir Concert. Under the direction of our distinguished Choir Director/Reader Nick Lezinsky, the choir beautifully sang songs of the Nativity and other seasonal favorite Russian Christmas carols. The choir concert showcases our talented choir and draws many visitors from the surrounding Orthodox churches and communities.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Fifth Advent Candle Lighting

Fifth Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/17/17

On Sunday, December 17, the fifth candle of the Advent Season was lit by Alex and Christopher Hodson, with the help of their mother, Carmen. The adult scriptural readings were read by their father, Moses Hodson. The fifth candle is purple to signify repentance, and reminds us of our need to repent before we can meet the coming Christ, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand”.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Annual Christmas Bazaar

Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/09/17

On Friday December 8 and Saturday December 9, St. Nicholas held its annual Christmas bazaar. Delicious ethnic foods and home-made baked goods were served. Local crafters, artists, and merchants provided gifts for sale. There was also a tricky-tray basket raffle with 40 baskets. The event is always well attended by both church members and the local community.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Fourth Advent Candle Lighting

Fourth Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/10/17

On Sunday, December 10, Ethan Radio lit the fourth candle of the Advent Season and also read the Sunday School Student verse.  Ethan is the son of Scott Radio and the grandson of Dr. Greg and Rosalie Radio. The adult scriptural reading was done by Carmen Hodson. The fourth candle is white to signify peace, and reminds us of the angel's message to the shepherds, “Peace on earth and goodwill toward men”. The congregation and choir, directed by Reader/Choir Director Nick Lezinsky, ended the lighting ceremony by singing, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Annual Yolka

Annual Yolka by the Sunday School at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/03/17

On Sunday, December 3, an extended coffee hour was held in Chernay Fellowship Hall where the Annual Yolka was held by the Sunday School. This year, the whole Fellowship Hall joined the Sunday School in singing Christmas Carols. The singing was so good that St. Nicholas appeared and gave all the children gifts, and everyone in attendance received apples and oranges. Some lucky parishioners got to be photographed with St. Nicholas.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Third Advent Candle Lighting

Third Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/03/17

On Sunday December 3rd, the third candle of the Advent Season was lit and the Sunday School Student Verse was done by Alex Lustig, son of Eric and Victoria Lustig. The Adult scriptural reading was done by Sunday School Teacher, Karen Gowarty. The third candle is gold to express love. It is lit to remind us of the great Gift the Lord gave us at Christmas; the gift of His love: Jesus. The congregation and choir, directed by Reader/Choir Director Nick Lezinsky ended the ceremony by singing, “O Come All Ye Faithful”.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Second Advent Candle Lighting

Second Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 11/26/17

On Sunday November 26, we continued the Advent Season with a second candle lighting ceremony. Gabriel Gowarty , son of Karen Gowarty, lit the second candle, which is blue for the hope that Christ will come again this year to bring joy into our lives. The adult scriptural reading was done by Reader Matthew Lezinsky. The congregation and choir ended the ceremony by singing, “Joy to the World”.

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St. Nicholas Welcomes Fr. Matthew Joyner and Family

Fr. Matthew Joyner Becomes Rector at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem, PA - 11/19/17

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church welcomes Fr. Matthew Joyner as he celebrates his first Divine Liturgy at our church. Fr. James Mason spoke on behalf of the congregation, and they warmly greeted Fr. Matthew, Matushka Ashley and their infant son, Liam. A special coffee hour, sponsored by the Church Council, was held in Chernay Fellowship Hall to honor Fr. Matthew as St. Nicholas’s spiritual leader. The talents Fr. Matthew and Matushka Ashley bring with them will be an asset to the church, congregation, and community.

May God grant Fr. Matthew and his family, “Many Years”, as we face the future and its challenges together.

The 1st Advent Candle reading was done by the Superintendent of Sunday School, Patricia Grammes, and the candle was lit by student Elizabeth Hockman.

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30th Anniversary Celebration for Reader and Choir Director Nick Lezinsky.

A Special Coffee Hour Was Held To Honor Choir Director Nick Lezinsky at St. Nicholas - 11/05/17

The first week in November marks Reader Nick Lezinsky’s 30th year as choir director at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Despite work and family obligations, Nick has worked tirelessly for the good of the choir and the church. In addition to weekend Vespers and Divine Liturgies, he has consistently directed weekday services during Lent and on Holy days. He has aided the priest by singing the responses, either alone or with the choir, at innumerable weddings, baptisms, funerals, moliebens, panikhidas, and home blessings. Over the years, Nick has tried to make Orthodoxy visible to the outside world by directing the choir at events such as: Bethlehem’s First Night, the anniversary of Hanover Township, concerts at various non-Orthodoxy churches, and also at our own Christmas concerts and Russian Days. He loves incorporating new members into the choir and watching their “talent” bloom in the church. St. Nicholas Church is very fortunate to have such a devoted and energized director as Nick. Those who truly know him, know that Nick gives endlessly out of his love for God, Church and Music.

God Grant you “Many Years”, Nick.

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The Annual Hot Dog Luncheon Was Held at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem, PA

St. Nicholas holds the Annual Hot Dog Luncheon to Benefit the Allentown Soup Kitchen. - 10/01/17

On Sunday after Divine Liturgy, the Annual Hot Dog Luncheon was held to benefit the Allentown Soup Kitchen. Every even month of the year, St. Nicholas members, volunteer to serve lunch at the Allentown Soup Kitchen. These volunteers are also members of the National Slovak Society (NSS). The NSS matches the funds raised today (up to $400), and that amount is then given to the Allentown Soup Kitchen.

This is just another of St. Nicholas’s mission outreach to serve our community.

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Dormition of the Holy Theotokos at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem, PA

St. Nicholas Celebrates the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos with a Divine Liturgy

On Tuesday August 15th, St. Nicholas celebrated the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos and the Blessing of the Flowers with a Divine Liturgy. The fragrance of the flowers, with the Divine Liturgy of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos, filled the hearts and souls of every member present.

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Archbishop Mark Visits St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA

Archbishop Mark Visits St. Nicholas - 08/06/17

On August 5th & 6th, St. Nicholas had the pleasure of hosting Archbishop Mark for the Holy Transfiguration and the Blessing of the Fruit. His Eminence also met with the Sunday School, Choir, Church Council and attended a luncheon for the pierogi workers.

 May God grant his Eminence “Many Years”.

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Blessing of the Vehicles at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem, PA

Annual Blessing of the Vehicles - 07/23/17

Fr. James Mason, attached, administered a Blessing of the Vehicles after the Divine Liturgy Sunday.  It was a hot beautiful day, and the Faithful of St. Nicholas enjoyed the day outside, and this annual Blessing.

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St. Nicholas Celebrates Fr. James Mason’s 55th Ordination Anniversary!

Fr. James Mason’s 55th year in the Priesthood. - 06/11/16

Father Jim’s family offered a coffee hour honoring his anniversary of 55 years as a priest.  A valuable and wonderful priest, he has served more recently as an attached priest to our parish.

The congregation wishes him, and his devoted family, many prayers and best wishes.

 

“May God Grant You Many Years”.

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St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church honors its 2017 Graduates!

2017 Graduates from St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA - 05/28/17

Victoria Weremedic and Yuri Guanowsky were honored Sunday May 28th for their academic achievements.

 Victoria Anne Weremedic graduated from Liberty High School. She is a member of the cross country, track and swim teams at Liberty. Victoria is a member of the National Honor Society and received the Green Hand award from FFA. She completed over 90 volunteer hours during her high school years.  Victoria plans to obtain employment, working with animals.

 Yuri Guanowsky is graduating from Parkland High School. He is a Parkland High School Band member in the trumpet section for the past four years, and has also been the section leader in the marching band for the past two years. Yuri is a member of the German Club and the President of the German Honor Society. He is on the Scholastic Scrimmage team and a multiyear participant in the Ivy League Mock United Nations Conference. He played in pit orchestra, and is a member of the Political Science Club and the National Honor Society. Yuri has been an altar server at St. Nicholas for the last ten years. He volunteers at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Yuri enjoys playing basketball, hiking and debating politics. He will attend Lafayette College in the fall, and plans to study biology and government/law.

 A coffee hour was sponsored by the Sunday Church School in honor of our High School Graduates. Congratulations to both of our graduates and their families.

 “May God Grant You Many Years”.

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Stained Glass of St. Nicholas

Stained Glass of St. Nicholas, ROC Bethlehem, PA - 04/18/17

At Fr. Weremedic's request, here are pictures of the Stained Glass at St. Nicholas.

Just beautiful!

 

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Pierogi Workers Luncheon

Pierogi Workers Honored at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA - 04/18/17

On Tuesday April 18, pierogi workers were honored with a Panikhida and Molieben in church. 

After a Blessing by Fr. Weremedic, a luncheon was enjoyed by all at the Borderline Restaurant.

Donations are made to different church projects and organizations from the pierogi funds throughout the year.  Thanks go to all of the volunteers who make this possible.

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Bright Monday Liturgy at St. Nicholas

Bright Monday Liturgy at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox, Bethlehem, PA - 04/17/17

Bright Monday Liturgy was conducted by Fr. James Weremedic, rector, Fr. James Mason, attached, and guest priest, Fr. Michael Kon.

The service was followed by the Annual Hot Dog Luncheon in Chernay Fellowship Hall.

 CHRIST IS RISEN! ……….. INDEED HE IS RISEN!

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St. Nicholas celebrates the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

St. Nicholas Celebrates Pascha - 04/16/17

St. Nicholas Paschal celebration began at 9AM Saturday, with the Liturgy of St. Basil.  At 11:30PM, the celebration continued with a midnight candlelight procession, Paschal Matins, and Paschal Liturgy.  We were honored to have many faithful parishioners and guests in attendance.

Following the Liturgy, the baskets were blessed in Chernay Fellowship Hall, where parishioners then enjoyed the Agape meal and Christian camaraderie.  

CHRIST IS RISEN! ……….. INDEED HE IS RISEN!

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Good Friday Evening Services at St. Nicholas

Good Friday Evening Services at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA, - 04/14/17

Fr. James Weremedic, Rector, assisted by Fr. James Mason, lead the parishioners in Good Friday’s, Burial Vespers and Matins - Laminations.  For Burial Vespers Christ was taken down from the Cross and placed in a tomb.  During Mains - Laminations at the tomb, the parishioners conducted an outdoor procession around the church.  Now an All Night Watch at the tomb of Christ by reading the Psalms throughout the night.

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Holy Unction Service 2017

Holy Unction at St. Nicholas ROC Bethlehem, PA - 04/12/17

On Wednesday April 12, 2017, Fr. James Weremedic, rector, assisted by Fr. James Mason administered Holy Unction for the parishioners of St. Nicholas.  This healing service is one of the Sacraments (Holy Mysteries) of the church in which Orthodox Christians are anointed for the healing of soul and body.

This service is always well attended by the members of St. Nicholas during Holy Week.

 

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Chrismation of Steve Doncevic at St. Nicholas ROC Bethlehem, PA

Chrismation of Steve Doncevic at St. Nicholas - 04/12/17

On Wednesday April 12, 2017, before the Holy Unction Service, Steve Doncevic received the Sacrament of Chrismation, performed by Fr. Weremedic.  His sponsors were Sandi Keysock and Fr. Timothy Hasenecz.

St. Nicholas warmly welcomes our new member and wishes him many years as an Orthodox Christian.

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Palm Sunday Celebration at St. Nicholas ROC Bethlehem, PA

Palm Sunday Service at St. Nicholas - 04/09/17

On Palm Sunday, April 9, pussy willows and palms were blessed by Fr. James Weremedic, Rector, assisted by Fr. James Mason and Fr. Thomas Edwards.  The blessed palms and pussy willows were then distributed to the faithful of the congregation.

 

After the Divine Liturgy, our annual Lenten covered dish meal was served in the Chernay Fellowship Hall.  Delicious food and Christian fellowship were enjoyed by all who attended.

 

As we start Holy Week, we wait with great anticipation the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.

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Lenten Fish Dinners 2017 at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem

Lenten Fish Dinners 2017 - 04/07/17

This year our guests and parishioners enjoyed 3 Lenten Friday Fish Dinners. The event is widely enjoyed by the surrounding community. This year's dinners were well attended and were very successful.

 

A BIG thanks goes to everyone who made this possible, and we hope to see you again next year!  Pictures shown are from all 3 Lenten Dinners.

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Birthday Celebration for Two Year Old Jacob Lezinsky at St. Nicholas

Jacob Lezinsky 2nd Birthday Party - 03/26/17

On Sunday, March 26, Jacob Lezinsky, son of Mathew and Lori Lezinsky, grandson of Nick and Judy Lezinsky and great-grandson of Paul and Dorothy Havrilko, celebrated his second birthday.

Jacob celebrated his birthday by lighting a candle, listening to his father read the epistle, and taking communion.

 

A special coffee hour in his honor was hosted by his family in Chernay Hall. Also attending his birthday get-together was his older sister Sophia.

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2nd Sunday of Lent Great Mission Vespers

2nd Sunday of Great Lent Mission Vespers St. Gregory Palamas Hosted by St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem - 03/12/17

On Sunday March 12, Pan-Orthodox of the Lehigh Valley Clergy Brotherhood, under the direction of Fr. Andrew Damick, President, celebrated the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent Mission Vespers, honoring St. Gregory Palamas.  The Guest Homilist was Fr. Alexey Petrides.

The celebration was hosted by St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA.  The choir, led by Choir Director/Reader Nick Lezinsky, sang beautifully.  Orthodox Christians from around the Lehigh Valley attended this Vespers Service.  Priests and parishioners, from Antiochian, Greek, Ukrainian, and our own Russian Orthodox Church, united to celebrate this Sunday’s Lenten Mission Vespers.

After the service, lenten refreshments were served in Chernay Fellowship Hall.

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Sunday of Orthodoxy 2017

Sunday of Orthodoxy at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA - 03/05/17

Today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Sunday School children, their parents and teachers, had a procession to the front of the church with their favorite icons, which they brought from home.  There, they were greeted by Fr. James Weremedic, Deacon Geoffrey Lobalbo, Subdeacon Michael (Frank) Guydan and Subdeacon James Weremedic Jr., each holding their own icons.  Yuri Guanowsky, and Sunday School Coordinator Pat Grammes read about icons, and that the church proclaimed icons are to be honored like other material symbols of the church.

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Celebration of Paul Chernay’s 40th Day

Paul Chernay’s 40th Day at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA - 02/12/17

Sunday, a Panikhida was celebrated to commemorate the 40th Day of the falling asleep in the Lord of Paul Chernay.  A catered luncheon, sponsored by Paul’s family, was served in the Paul and Betty Jo Chernay Fellowship Hall, named after him and his beloved wife.  Among many of Paul’s generous Stewardships, was the funding of the church’s cupolas to gold, and to maintain them for years to come.

The attached pictures are of Paul Chernay’s family during the service and at the luncheon.

MEMORY ETERNAL!

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Pan-Orthodox blessing of the waters

St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlem, PA, joins in the Pan-Orthodox Blessing of the Waters - 01/22/17

On Sunday January 22, 2017, a Pan-Orthodox blessing of the waters took place at Jordan Creek in Whitehall, PA. The faithful of the Lehigh Valley, PA., gathered with priests of other Orthodox denominations, to celebrate the annual Theophany.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Volunteer Pierogi Workers Luncheon

St. Nicholas Pierogi Workers Luncheon - 01/17/17

On Tuesday, January 17, pierogi workers were honored with a Molieben in church.  They then celebrated with a catered luncheon in Chernay Fellowship Hall.

After a blessing by Fr. Weremedic, Sarah Jubinski, pierogi project coordinator, gave a report on the donations made to various church projects and other organizations.  She then thanked everyone for their committment to this successful fund raiser.

May God Bless the volunteers who support this valuable work.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Bringing Joy to Shut-ins.

Bringing Joy to Shut-ins by the Choir at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/26/16

On the second day of Christmas, the Synaxis of the Theotokos, seventeen members of St. Nicholas Church choir brought the joy of the Nativity to parishioners and many others in care facilities and homes.  The choristers came bearing gifts of poinsettias and gift bags of goodies.  But the greater gift was their cheerful singing of hymns, carols, and other selections of the season.  The happy sounds brought many elderly out of their rooms to listen and join in the singing.  In addition, during a lunch stop, diners were also entertained with commonly heard carols.  Everyone who heard the music, parishioners, facility personnel, diners, and the singers themselves, were all tremendously uplifted by the beautiful sounds of the Nativity.

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St. Nicholas, Bethlehem, PA, Nativity and Seventh Advent Candle Lighting

Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church - 12/25/16

On Sunday, December 25, the seventh candle of the Advent Season was lit by Alex Hodson, with assistance from his Dad, Moses Hodson. Alex is the son of Carmen and Moses Hodson. The scriptural readings were done by Coordinator of Church Sunday School, Pat Grammes. The seventh candle Lighting is the culmination of the Advent Candle Lighting Season, i.e., Faith (God keeps His promises), hope, love, peace, repentance and Emmanuel (God with us) in Holy Communion. The seventh candle shines the holy radiance of a Baby’s Birth, The Christ, Who brought the light of God to earth. The congregation and choir, directed by Reader/Choir Director Nick Lezinsky, ended the ceremony by singing, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”.

This Christmas the Liturgy Service and Church sparkled, as we worshiped the birth of Christ, and reminded worshipers:

 Christ is Born!

 Glorify Him!

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Fifth Advent Candle Lighting

Sixth Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/18/16

On Sunday, December 18, the sixth candle of the Advent Season was lit by Yuri (son of Glen Guanowsky), and he also read the Sunday School Student verse. The adult scriptural reading was done by Coordinator of Church Sunday School, Pat Grammes. The sixth candle is red to signify Holy Communion. It reminds us that Christ, Who came to Bethlehem and Who will come again at the end of time, comes to us now in the great Sacrament of His Presence, i.e., Holy Communion. The reason He was born in Bethlehem was that we might allow Him to come and be born in the manger of our hearts.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Annual Christmas Choir Concert

Annual Christmas Choir Concert at St. Nicholas ROC Bethlehem, PA - 12/11/16

On Sunday, December 11, the choir at St. Nicholas presented its Christmas Choir Concert. Under the direction of Choir Director/Reader Nick Lezinsky, the choir beautifully sang songs of the Nativity and other seasonal favorite Russian Christmas carols. The Christmas choir concert showcases our talented choir and draws many visitors from the surrounding communities.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Annual Christmas Bazaar

Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/11/16

On Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, St. Nicholas held its annual Christmas bazaar. Delicious ethnic foods and home-made baked goods were served. Local crafters, artists, and merchants provided gifts for sale. There was also a tricky-tray basket raffle with 28 baskets. The event is always well attended by both church members and the local community.

Following the bazaar, our guests were treated to the annual Christmas choir concert.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Fifth Advent Candle Lighting

Fifth Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/11/16

On Sunday, December 11, the fifth candle of the Advent Season was lit by Sophia, with the help of her mother, Lori Lezinsky (Matthew is her father). The scriptural readings were done by Karen Gowarty. The fifth candle is purple to signify repentance, and reminds us of our need to repent before we can meet the coming Christ, “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand”. The congregation and choir, directed by Reader/Choir Director Nick Lezinsky (Sophia’s grandfather), ended the lighting ceremony by singing, “O Come All Ye Faithful”.

Sunday School also sponsored a “Giving Tree”. This Community Outreach Project responded to requests for gifts from individuals in our community. Members in our congregation took tags from the tree and bought requested items, which will be wrapped and given back to the people for Christmas.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Fourth Advent Candle Lighting

Fourth Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/04/16

On Sunday, December 4, the fourth candle of the Advent Season was lit by Alex Hodson, and the Sunday School Student verse was read by Gabriel Gowarty. Alex is the son of Carmen and Moses Hodson, and Gabriel is the son of Karen Gowarty. The adult scriptural reading was done by Carmen Hodson. The fourth candle is white to signify peace, and reminds us of the Angel’s message to the shepherds, “Peace on earth and goodwill toward men”. The congregation and choir, directed by Reader/Choir Director Nick Lezinsky ended the lighting ceremony by singing, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Annual Yolka Program

Annual Yolka Program by the Sunday School at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 12/04/16

On Sunday, December 4, an extended coffee hour was held in Chernay Fellowship Hall where the Annual Yolka Program was held by the Sunday School. This year, the program reviewed the events leading up to the Christ Child’s Birth. There were Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus, Shepherds, animals and one Angel. The presentation was so good that St. Nicholas appeared and gave the children gifts, and all of the adults, fruit.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Third Advent Candle Lighting

Third Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 11/27/16

On Sunday November 27, the third candle of the Advent Season was lit by Nicholas Hockman and the Sunday School Student verse was read by Elizabeth Hockman. They are the children of Stacey Hockman and grandchildren of Father James Mason (attached) and Matushka Pat. The adult scriptural reading was done by Coordinator of Church Sunday School, Pat Grammes. The third candle is gold to express love. It is lit to remind us of the great Gift the Lord gave us at Christmas; the gift of His love: Jesus. The congregation and choir, directed by Reader/Choir Director Nick Lezinsky ended the ceremony by singing, “O Come All Ye Faithful”.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Benefit Pancake Breakfast

A Benefit Pancake Breakfast was held at St. Nicholas ROC Bethlehem, PA. - 11/20/16

On Sunday November 20, after Divine Liturgy, a pancake breakfast was held for the benefit of All Saints of America Orthodox Mission Church located in Alexandria, Virginia. Sponsored by the “O” Club of St. Nicholas, all of the proceeds were sent to Fr. Michael to continue the church’s work.

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St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, Second Advent Candle Lighting

Second Sunday in Advent Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA. - 11/20/16

On Sunday November 20, we continued the Advent Season with a second candle lighting ceremony. Alex and Michael Lustig, sons of Eric and Victoria Lustig, lit the second candle, which is blue for the hope that Christ will come again this year to bring joy into our lives. The adult scriptural reading was done by Sunday school teacher, Karen Gowarty. The congregation and choir ended the ceremony by singing, “Joy to the World”

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Rectory Open House in Bethlehem, PA.

Rectory Open House invitation from Fr. Weremedic to all Parishioners. - 11/13/16

A Rectory Open House, sponsored by Fr. James Weremedic and Matushka Lisa, to all parishioners of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, was held on Sunday November 13. Parshioners enjoyed the delicious food and camaraderie.

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First Sunday in Advent at St. Nicholas ROC Bethlehem, PA

First Sunday in Advent, Candle Lighting at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA - 11/13/16

Advent is the 40-day period before Christmas, which is devoted to preparing for the coming of the Messiah. It begins on November 15 and extends until December 25. It is a period of fasting, prayer, scripture reading, church attendance and participation in the sacraments, to enable us to capture the full meaning of Christ’s coming. A candle is lit on each of the 4 Sundays in Advent and is accompanied by a Sunday School Student verse and an adult Scriptural reading. Paulina and Alexandra Duvanova, daughters of Denisa Duvanova, lit the first candle (which is green for faith) and recited the student verse. The adult Scriptural reading was done by Coordinator of Church Sunday School, Pat Grammes. The congregation and choir, directed by Nick Lezinsky, ended the lighting ceremony by singing “O Come, O Come, Immanuel”.

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Coffee Hour Donations to Benefit St. Tikhons

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church donates all proceeds to St. Tikhons Seminary - 11/06/16

 

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA held an expanded coffee hour, on Sunday November 6, for the benefit of St. Tikhon’s Seminary.  The luncheon, hosted by Nancy Kohudic and Sarah Jubinski, was attended by many parishioners, friends, and guests. All donations collected, were forwarded to the Seminary.

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St. Nicholas 100th Anniv. Celebration - Sunday hierarchial Divine Liturgy, pt. 3

St. Nicholas 100th Anniversary - part 3 of 3 - 10/16/16

On the weekend of October 14-16, 2016, the parishioners and friends of Saint Nicholas Church, Bethlehem, PA, gathered to give thanks to our Lord for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us as we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of our parish.

The centennial celebration began on Friday, October 14, with the celebration of the Akathistos Hymn in honor of Saint Nicholas.  On Saturday, October 15, the Divine Liturgy commemorating the departed members of the parish was celebrated.  Great Vespers was celebrated in the evening.  On Sunday, October 16, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon; His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska; and Archpriest James Weremedic, Rector, concelebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.  Also present was His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, Former Archbishop of Washington and New York, Metropolitan of All America and Canada.  Serving at the Divine Liturgy were Archpriests Thomas Edwards, George Hasenecz, James Mason, Dimitri Oselinsky, and John Onofrey; Priests Timothy Hasenecz and Jason Vansuch; Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak; Protodeacons Jacob Frimenko and Mikhail Sawarynski; Deacon Geoffrey LoBalbo; Subdeacons Roman Ostash and James Weremedic; Readers William Podlusky, Andrew Fartuch, and Matthew Lezinsky; and altar servers Yuri Guanowsky, David Metz, Jonathan Hontz, and Moses and Alexander Hodson.  The choir was directed by Reader Nicholas Lezinsky.

Parish Council president Alexandra Keysock welcomed Metropolitan Tikhon with the traditional bread and salt, while Yuri Guanowsky and Elizabeth Hockman offered greetings and presented flowers on behalf of the Church School children.

Father James accepted a Synodal Gramota on behalf of the members of the parish in recognition of their dedicated service over the past century.  Several parishioners also were awarded gramoti for their devotion to Saint Nicholas Parish.

Following each liturgical service guests enjoyed time to renew friendships and feast on a bountiful meal.  After the Sunday Divine Liturgy, a gala banquet was held at the Best Western Lehigh Valley, bringing the spiritually inspiring and glorious weekend to a close.

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St. Nicholas 100th Anniv. Celebration - Saturday Liturgy/Vespers, pt. 2

St. Nicholas 100th Anniversary - part 2 of 3 - 10/15/16

The Anniversary celebration continued on Saturday Morning with a Divine Liturgy commemorating the departed members of the parish. His Grace Bishop David, and our parish priest Father James Weremedic concelebrated the Divine Liturgy, along with a host of other clergy, deacons, readers and altar servers (see 1st group photo).

Following the Liturgy, a light luncheon was served in the church’s original fellowship hall, below the church.

At 4PM Vespers was celebrated by Fr. George Hasenecz, a former pastor of St. Nicholas. We were also honored with the presence of His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman and His Grace Bishop David, along with a host of other clergy, deacons, readers and altar servers (see 2nd group photo).

Following Vespers, the parish enjoyed appetizers and a wonderful buffet from Catering by Robert, in Chernay Fellowship Hall.

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St. Nicholas 100th Anniversary Celebration - Friday's Akathist, pt. 1

St. Nicholas 100th Anniversary - part 1 of 3 - 10/14/16

On Friday October 14th, 2016, St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA, began a three day celebration of their 100th Anniversary.

Bishop David of Alaska, a former priest of the parish, celebrated an Akathist to St. Nicholas this evening. He was assisted by Fr. James Weremedic, Fr. James Mason, Fr. Thomas Edwards, Fr. Dimitri Oselinsky, Fr. John Onofrey, Fr. Jason Vansuch, Deacon Geoffrey LoBalbo and Subdeacon James Weremedic.

Tonight’s Akathist to St. Nicholas was followed by a wine and cheese buffet. The refreshments were prepared by the younger ladies of the parish. It was an incredible event, demonstrating the culinary talents of these ladies.

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St. Nicholas Church - Fall Apple Picking - Sunday October 9th

Fall Apple Picking - 10/09/16

After coffee social hour, Sunday, some of the pre-schoolers and their parents, went to Mackey’s Orchard in Belvedere, NJ to pick apples. It was a beautiful, sunny fall afternoon, and it was an activity the children will always remember.

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35th Russian Days Festival at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

35th Russian Days Festival - 09/11/16

Thank you to all, for a successful 35th Annual Russian Days Festival. The three day festival has activities for kids, live polka music and other dancing/listening entertainment, along with local merchants, delicious ethnic foods, baked goods and a Tricky Tray Basket Raffle. Church tours are conducted by Father James Weremedic, which generates more local interest in our parish. Besides being supported by the parishioners, it's also a huge community event.

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Baptism of Evelyn Jeanne Roberts at St. Nicholas ROC Bethlehem, PA

Baptism and Chrismation of Evelyn Jeanne Roberts at St. Nicholas - 09/04/16

On Sunday, September 4th, Evelyn Jeanne Roberts was Baptized and Chrismated into the Christian Orthodox Faith. She is the daughter of Matthew and Jessica Roberts and granddaughter of Gordon and Valerie Roberts. Her God Parents are Nicholas Roberts and Rebecca Kribel.

May God keep Evie in his care.

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Dormition of the Holy Theotokos 2016

Dormition of the Holy Theotokos at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem, PA - 08/15/16

On Monday August 15th, St. Nicholas celebrated the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos and the Blessing of the flowers with a Divine Liturgy. The fragrance of the flowers, with the Divine Liturgy of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos, filled the hearts and souls of every member present. Young Alex Hodson served as an Altar Server for this Liturgy. May he live many years in faithful service to the Lord.

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Transfiguration of the Lord at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA

Transfiguration and Blessing of the Fruit Divine Liturgy - 08/06/16

Saturday August 6th, St. Nicholas celebrated the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Blessing of the fruit with a Divine Liturgy. This beautiful and colorful service is a feast for the eyes, nourishment for the body and communion for the soul.

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A Birthday Celebration at St. Nicholas ROC, Bethlehem, PA

A Special Birthday Celebration at St. Nicholas - 07/31/16

On Sunday, July 31st, St. Nicholas celebrated the birthdays of 3 of our youngest members: Christopher Hodson, Nicholas Bizar, and Sophia Lezinski. After Devine Liturgy, a special coffee hour was held in their honor. The congregation sang “Happy Birthday” and enjoyed a delicious birthday cake. All of the donations collected went to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital.

All of us wish them “Many Years”.

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Blessing of the Vehicles

Blessing of the Vehicles at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem, PA - 07/24/16

Fr. James Weremedic, rector, assisted by Fr. James Mason, attached, aided by Deacon Geoffrey and Sub-Deacon James, administered a Blessing of the Vehicles for the Prophet Elijah. It was a beautiful day, and the Faithful of St. Nicholas enjoyed the day and this annual Blessing.

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St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church celebrates two Chrismations

St. Nicholas celebrates Chrismations of two new members! - 06/18/16

On Saturday June 18th , St. Nicholas newly illumined :

 

Edie Mannara received the Sacrament of Chrismation.

Her sponsors are Barry and Ann Marie Bretz.

 

John McGarrity received the Sacrament of Chrismation.

His sponsors are Bob and Christal-Line Hoffman.

 

St. Nicholas warmly welcomes our new members, and wishes them many years as Orthodox Christians.

 

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St. Nicholas Sunday School

A Day of Strawberry Picking - 06/17/16

St. Nicholas Pre-school spent a beautiful afternoon together at the strawberry orchard in Easton. The kids had a lot of fun.

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St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church honors its 2016 Graduates!

Honoring Our Graduates! - 05/22/16

Graduates were honored Sunday May 22nd for their academic achievements. Two of our long-service and faithful altar servers are college-bound. Since their youth, both Taras Guanowsky and David Metz have served the priests of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.

Taras a graduate of Parkland High School, will attend Penn State University and major in Finance. Taras is a cellist and actively participated in several orchestras throughout high school.

David , a graduate of Emmaus High School, will attend DeSales University to study Nursing. David was actively involved in the stage crew for his school’s theatrical productions.

Our two college graduates are:

G. Damian Brusko, from the University of Miami with honors. He plans to continue his education at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

Julianne Metz, from Millersville University with honors. She will pursue a teaching career.

Congratulations to all of our graduates. “May God Grant You Many Years”.

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St. Nicholas Pierogi Luncheon

Pierogi Recognition Luncheon - 05/03/16

On Tuesday May 3rd, Pierogi workers had a Panikhida for the deceased workers, and a Molieben for all of the present volunteers.  This was followed by a luncheon at the Borderline Restaurant.

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St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church Celebrates Bright Monday Liturgy

St. Nicholas Bright Monday Liturgy - 05/02/16

St. Nicholas’s Bright Monday celebration included a first. This was the first Liturgy Nicholas Hockman, Grandson to Father James Mason and Matushka Pat, participated as part of the Altar Service. St. Nicholas wishes him many years of service, just like his Grandfather, to the Russian Orthodox Community.

 CHRIST IS RISEN! ……….. INDEED HE IS RISEN!

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St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA celebrates Pascha

St. Nicholas celebrates the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! - 05/01/16

St. Nicholas Paschal celebration began at 9AM Saturday, with the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. At 11:30PM, the celebration continued with a candlelight procession, Paschal Matins, and Paschal Liturgy. We were honored to have many faithful parishioners and guests in attendance. Following the Liturgy, the baskets were blessed in Chernay Fellowship Hall, where parishioners then enjoyed the Agape Meal and camaraderie.

 CHRIST IS RISEN! ……….. INDEED HE IS RISEN!

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Good Friday 2016

Holy Friday Evening Services at St. Nicholas - 04/29/16

Fr. James Weremedic, Rector, assisted by Fr. James Mason, lead the parishioners in Good Friday’s, Burial Vespers and Matins - Laminations.  For Burial Vespers Christ was taken down from the Cross and placed in a tomb.  During Mains - Laminations at the tomb, the parishioners conducted an outdoor procession around the church.

Now an All Night Watch at the tomb of Christ by reading the Psalms throughout the night.

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Holy Unction at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem, PA

Holy Unction at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem, PA - 04/27/16

Fr. James Weremedic, rector, assisted by Fr. James Mason, administered Holy Unction, Holy Wednesday, for the parishioners of St. Nicholas. This healing service is one of the Sacraments (Holy Mysteries) of the Church in which Orthodox Christians are anointed for the healing of soul and body. 

This service is always well attended by the members of St. Nicholas, during Holy Week.

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Archbishop MARK Visits St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem

Archbishop MARK Visits for Holy Monday - 04/25/16

On Holy Monday, April 25, 2016, the faithful of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA welcomed His Eminence, Archbishop MARK to celebrate Presanctified Liturgy.

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St. Nicholas, celebrates Palm Sunday

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Palm Sunday - 04/24/16

Fr. James Weremedic, Rector, assisted by Fr. James Mason, Fr. Thomas Edwards and Deacon Geoffrey LoBalbo, Blessed the Palms and Pussy Willows that were taken home by parishioners.

The Saint Nicholas “O” Club prepared and served a light Lenten Luncheon, to celebrate the start of Holy Week. St. Nicholas awaits with great anticipation the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

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Oath of Office 2016

Father James administers the Oath of Office - 04/10/16

On Sunday, April 10th, at St. Nicholas, Father James gave the oath of office to members of the church council, the church auditors, and the 2017 delegate and alternate to the Diocesan Assembly. 18 members, who were voted into office or volunteered to serve, were given the oath.

 May God grant them “Many Years”.

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Lenten Fish Dinners at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

Lenten Fish Dinners - 03/25/16

This year our guests and parishioners enjoyed 4 Lenten Friday Fish Dinners. The event is widely enjoyed by the surrounding community. This year's dinners were well attended and are very successful.

A BIG thanks goes to everyone who made this possible, and we hope to see you again next year!

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Sunday of Orthodoxy 2016

Sunday of Orthodoxy - 03/20/16

Today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Sunday School children, their parents and teachers, had a procession to the front of the church with their favorite icons, which they brought from home.  There, they were greeted by Fr. James Weremedic, Fr. James Mason, Deacon Geoffrey Lobalbo, and Sub Deacon James Weremedic Jr., each holding their own icons.  Taras and Yuri Guanowsky spoke about the history of icons, and that the church proclaimed icons are to be honored like other material symbols of the church.

 

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St. Nicholas Volunteers at Lehigh County Council of Churches Soup Kitchen

Our St. Nicholas Volunteers at the Soup Kitchen - 03/10/16

For more than ten years, members of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem, have been volunteering monthly at the Soup Kitchen sponsored by the Lehigh County Council of Churches.  The meals are prepared and served at St. Paul Lutheran Church in downtown Allentown, PA.  It is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the year and serves 110 to 150 plus members of the local community on each of those days.  Coordinator of the kitchen is Charles Brannon, assisted by Juanita Miller.  Volunteers from St. Nicholas include Nancy Sabol, Patricia Stetz-Grammes, Nancy Kohudic, Donald Dudash, and Victoria Dimonie.  The group is involved in all phases of preparation, serving, and cleanup.  In addition, each Fall a special hot dog luncheon is held after our Sunday Liturgy to raise funds for the Soup Kitchen.  Members of this Soup Kitchen ministry find it to be a very rewarding and enriching experience.

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Super Bowl 50 Breakfast

Super Bowl 50 Breakfast - 02/07/16

After Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas, we held a Super Bowl 50 Breakfast.  The menu included "John Mikita" pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee and tea.  The event was sponsored by the St. Nicholas "O" Club, with all proceeds to benefit our 100th anniversary celebration in October, 2016.

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Orthodox Community Blesses the Waters at Jordan Creek

2016 Blessing of the Waters - 01/31/16

On Sunday January 31, 2016,  a Pan-Orthodox Blessing of the waters took place at Jordan Creek in Whitehall, PA.   This beautiful spot was a most fitting site for the service on a mild, calm, and brilliant day, so unlike the originally scheduled date, a week earlier,  when the Lehigh Valley had a record snowfall exceeding 30 inches.   Participating clergy were Fr. James Weremedic and Fr. James Mason of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Bethlehem,  Fr. Andrew Damick of St. Paul Antiochian Church, Emmaus,  Fr. Anthony Perkins of Protection Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Allentown,  and Fr. Alexandros Petrides of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church,  Bethlehem.

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2015 Annual Christmas Concert

2015 Annual Christmas Concert - 12/13/15

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church had their Annual Christmas Concert under the direction of Choir Director Nick Lezinsky. The concert included traditional Russian Christmas carols and hymns. The performance is always exceptional and draws many visitors from the surrounding communities. Refreshments were served after the concert, compliments of the choir.

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34th Russian Days Festival at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

34th Russian Days Festival at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA - 09/11/15

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA, continued a tradition with it's 34th Annual Russian Days Festival. It is a three day festival with many activities and delicious ethnic foods. Besides being supported by the parishioners, it's also a huge community event. St. Nicholas wishes to thank EVERYONE for their generous support. See you again in 2016!

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Ted and Betty Fedora's 65th Anniversary Molieben

Ted and Betty Fedora Celebrate their 65th Anniversary with a Molieben - 09/06/15

Ted and Betty Fedora celebrated their anniversary after Divine Liturgy with a Molieben, and later joined the parishioners in the fellowship hall for refreshments. The whole congregation wishes them "Many Years"! 

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Father James Arrival

Father James Weremedic Welcomed by Parishioners of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church - 08/16/15

Fr. James Weremedic serves his first Divine Liturgy as Rector of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, along with Fr. Thomas Edwards, Deacon Geofrey LoBalbo, Subdeacon James Weremedic, and the Parish Choir directed by Reader Nicholas Lezinsky.

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Hospitality A La Russe at St. Nicholas

Hospitality Ala Russe - 05/03/15

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Perogie workers luncheon

Perogie workers luncheon - 04/15/15

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Bright Monday Liturgy 2015

Bright Monday Liturgy - 04/13/15

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Chrismation of Barry Bretz

Chrismation of Barry Bretz - 02/25/15

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Pan orthodox blessing of the waters

Pan orthodox blessing of the waters - 01/25/15

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Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert - 12/14/14

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Yolka

Yolka - 12/07/14

Annual Yolka and Bishop David's visit

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Chrismations

Chrismations - 12/06/14

Jonathan Hontz and Karen Tokar were recived into the Holy Orthodox Church by Chrismation on the Feast of St. Nicholas. May God grant them many years!

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Russian Christmas Tree

Russian Christmas Tree - 11/21/14

The church school children helped decorate the Russian Christmas tree that is on display at the Comfort Suites in Bethlehem

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Annual Church School Pumpkin Patch Trip

Pumpkin Patch - 10/19/14

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Bishop Mark's Visit

Bishop Marks Visit - 10/12/14

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Russian Days 2014

Russian Days 2014 - 09/06/14

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Chrismation of Amber Scheetz

Chrismation of Amber (Sophia) Scheetz - 06/08/14

Before the Divine Liturgy on Pentecost, Amber (Sophia) Scheetz was Chrismated into the Holy Orthodox Church. May God grant her many years! 

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Great Vespers Pentecost 2014

Great Vespers Pentecost - 06/07/14

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Church school graduation

Church school graduation - 06/01/14

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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church - 06/03/14

Some beautiful photos of our Church

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Pierogi workers Luncheon

Pierogi Workers Luncheon - 04/23/14

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Holy Week

Holy Week 2014

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Palm Sunday 2014

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Bishop Mark's Visit

Bishop Mark's Visit - 04/06/14

We were Blessed to have our newly elected Bishop with us.  Fr. Ian was awarded the Nabedrennik during his visit.

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Visit From Bishop David of Alaska

Visit from Bishop David of Alaska - 03/23/14

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Sunday of Orthodoxy 2014

Sunday Of Orthodoxy 2014 - 03/09/14

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Feast of Saint Nicholas 2013

Feast of Saint Nicholas and Yolka - 12/06/13

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Blessing of the domes

Blessing of the domes - 11/03/13

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Jubinski 50th Wedding Anniversary Moliben

Jubinski 50th Wedding Anniversary Moliben - 11/02/13

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Church School Trip To Pumpkin Patch

Church School Trip Pumpkin Patch - 10/06/13

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St. Tikhons's Mission Choir Visits

St. Tikhon's Mission Choir - 10/06/13

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Russian Days 2013

Russian Days 2013

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Farewell Father David, May God Be With You.

Until We Meet Again! - 02/17/13

Today, Sunday February 17, 2013 is Father David Mahaffey's last day of serving Divine Liturgy to the faithful of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA. Father David will embark on his new spiritual journey as he is elevated to become Bishop of Alaska. Following liturgy service, a luncheon was provided in his honor. Gifts on behalf of various committees including the choir, perogi workers, Sunday school, and church council, among others, were given to Father David. Sandi Keysock, Church Council President, presented Father with a St. Nicholas Icon in remembrance of his time served here in the Bethlehem church. 

Father will be missed by many. We thank you Father for your spiritual leadership and guidance. May God grant you many, many years.

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